As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination this weekend, WBEJ Radio of Elizabethton will replay its original local broadcast, reporting from the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963.
The broadcast will follow the station’s regular weekday noon newscast at 12:15 p.m. this Friday.
Although the broadcast time is approximately two hours earlier than the timing of the actual event, WBEJ’s Program Director David Miller said the 50-year-old tape reveals “precisely how the station was able to broadcast the shocking news of the president’s assassination.”
The tape is 47-1/2 minutes long and features long-time newsman Mack Morriss, who is particularly remembered by the older generation.
At the time WBEJ was a subscriber to the United Press International Teletype news service and Morriss was able to have a live microphone tapped into the airwaves near the teletype so that he could read the news bulletins from Dallas and Washington live on the air at the precise moments the news was received.